French jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty played the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1967, which led to his getting an American record contract, and playing with George Duke, Frank Zappa, and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Then he started his own jazz-rock fusion bands. Fresh Air critic Kevin Whitehead says before Ponty came to the States, he already had his concept.
The U.S. Army has been an all-volunteer force for more than 40 years because there is no military draft anymore. That means the service has to attract young men and women to sign up.
And according to the Army’s numbers they’re pretty good at it. The Army has met or exceeded its recruiting goals for each of the last nine years.
But the man who runs the Army recruiting operation, Major General Allen Batschelet, tells Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti that finding qualified candidates in the 17 to 24 age group can be difficult.
“Today about 15 percent are disqualified for obesity, and we think by 2020 that number could go to 50 percent,” he said.
- Allen W. Batschelet, major general in the U.S. Army, in charge of Army Recruiting Command at Fort Knox. He tweets @USAREC_CG.
As both American Ebola patients who were brought from Liberia to Atlanta for treatment are released, Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks to Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He tweets@DrFriedenCDC.
Almost two weeks after the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, protesters are still flooding the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, each night to air their grievances.
One St. Louis radio personality turned off the music and gave residents the opportunity to voice their concerns over the Hot 104.1 radio airwaves.
Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks to Jowcol “Boogie D” Dolby about why he decided to open the phone lines and airwaves to the people of St. Louis and the surrounding area.
- Jowcol Dolby, DJ and radio personality known as Boogie D at Hot 104.1 FM in St. Louis. He tweets @boogied_.